Big Hero 6 DVD Review

DVD Review by Clayton Barnett
Big Hero 6

The Premise
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6 an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends; adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."
The Review
Baymax. You won’t know the name, but the toyshop will be your first stop after your kids have seen Big Hero 6. Baymax is the big white huggable marshmallow of a robot that’s been the main promotional mascot of the film and you’ll want to play with him just as much as your kids.
Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams are relative newbies with just previous Disney fare Winnie the Pooh and Bolt under their belts respectively. But with Pixar head-honcho John Lasseter and the producers of Frozen and Wreck-it-Ralph - plus the writers behind Monsters Inc - they’ve crafted an entertaining family film that continues Disney’s red-hot streak.
Disney is printing money since they bought Marvel for US$4.64 billion and their latest offering from the house of ideas made US$56 million on it’s opening weekend. What’s been the biggest surprise is how good their Marvel movies have been. Big Hero 6 not only has all the action-packed thrills but it’s full of laugh-out-loud slapstick and some truly touching moments.
Kid’s will lap up Big Hero 6’s rollercoaster robot jet rides, hilarious Baymax prat-falls, sick superhero outfits and might even get them hitting the tech books to be their own Hiro. But adults will also get a kick too, with some great film in-jokes (like who stops at red lights in car chases?) and even the classic Marvel cameo from Stan Lee (make sure you stay after the credits).
You might not recognise the names, apart from Damon Wayans Jr, but you would go ‘oh it’s so-and-so from that TV show I like’ with most of the talented voice cast. Scott Adsit (Tina Fey’s put-upon balding co-worker in 30 Rock) does a superb job voicing the heart of Big Hero 6, Baymax, and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League) brings comedy gold in Fred - the unofficial mascot of the superhero team.
The 3-D animation on show is something else too. The animators have done a great job creating a believable American meets Japanese city with San Fransokyo (a Disney Bladerunner if you will) and the attention to detail is stunning. The design and look of the team will have kids putting this superhero team on their wishlist. Be careful of arriving on time to watch the brilliant animated short Feast that precedes Big Hero 6, they might add a puppy to that list too.

The Verdict
Big Hero 6 is the perfect pick for the family film outing this summer – there’s stunning 3-D thrill rides, hilarious pratfalls and some heartfelt moments that just might bring a tear to the eye. Just be prepared for the obligatory selfie with Baymax in the foyer.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 2nd April 2015
Rating: PG – Contains low level violence
Duration: 108 minutes
Genre:  Family Animation
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams (Winnie The Pooh)
The Extras
Although it is based on a Marvel comic of the same name, there are lots of changes to the names, the setting, the ethnicities of characters, the back stories, and several plot points.
This is Alan Tudyk's third Disney animated movie. The first two were "Wreck-It Ralph (2012)" and "Frozen (2013)", making this his third consecutive Disney animated features.
The first animated Marvel film to be released theatrically via Walt Disney Animation Studios. However, the film does not share the same universe as the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe.
T.J. Miller improvised most of his character's exclamations.
Two important characters from the Big Hero 6 comic, namely Silver Samurai and Sunfire, did not make it to the film due to 20th Century Fox owning both characters, due to their affiliation with the X-Men.
In the first official trailer of the film, a bird's eye view camera shot can be shown when Hiro Hamada and Baymax leave the police station, with Baymax taking the tape. In the that shot, look closely at the two photos on the far right side of the police officer's desk. The pictures are of Ester (the supervisor at the Elmwood Cnty. Animal Shelter) and Bolt from Disney's animated film Bolt (2008). Bolt (2008) was directed by one of the directors of Big Hero 6 (2014): Chris Williams.
The villain's name, Yokai, means "spirit" or "phantom" in Japanese.
According to Scott Watanabe, the movie is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.